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In the papers today - Friday 23 November

Councils opposed to a third London runway threatened legal action yesterday after Ruth Kelly, the Transport Secretary, provoked fury by signalling a massive expansion of Heathrow...

...Environment groups accused Gordon Brown of hypocrisy for claiming to be leading the world in combating climate change four days before consulting on an expansion of aviation in his own backyard - The Independent

The expansion of London Heathrow with the building of a third, short runway could increase take-offs and landings at Europe's most congested airport by 50% to 700,000 a year by 2030 – Financial Times

Severn Trent Water, a part of Severn Trent, is to be charged by the Serious Fraud Office in relation to data it provided to Ofwat over a three year period from 2000-2002 – Financial Times

Housebuilders are "justified" if they cut back on production in a housing market downturn, according to John Callcutt, the man charged with upping the delivery of new homes – Financial Times

Paris, a resolutely low-rise city, may be about to go up in the world after the city's Socialist mayor, Betrand Delanoe, staked his chances of re-election next March partly on proposals to build skyscrapers within the city boundaries for the first time in years -The Independent

Public transport in Paris and national railway services will return to near normal service today after most strikers went back to work after 10 days of protests over early retirement rights. Talks on Wednesday made sufficient progress to persuade all but the most militant strikers to go back to work - The Independent

Jarvis, the engineering firm that teetered on the brink of financial collapse two years ago, has unveiled a profit warning that has wiped 75 per cent off its share price. Under its existing management team, led by the former mayoral candidate, Stephen Norris, Jarvis has worked hard to restructure its business after the massive debt-for-equity swap that saved the company in 2005 - The Independent

A coalition of environmentalists, politicians and Londoners accused the government of betrayal yesterday after it unveiled plans for a third runway at Heathrow. However, campaigners admitted that blocking the £7.6bn project will be near-impossible after the Department for Transport published research firmly in favour of increasing Heathrow flights from 480,000 a year to 702,000 - The Guardian

Severn Trent Water faces three criminal charges over allegations it supplied Ofwat with inaccurate leakage data. The UK's second-largest water company will be prosecuted under the Water Industry Act, after a two-year investigation by the Serious Fraud Office and West Midlands Police prompted by a whistleblower. The charges relate to data supplied to the regulator in 2000, 2001 and 2002 - The Guardian

Kelda, the company that owns Yorkshire Water, last night said it had received a £3bn takeover approach from a consortium of investors including the banking groups HSBC and Citigroup. The talks are the latest in a series of deals in the water industry, which is being targeted by a growing number of infrastructure funds keen to make safe and predictable investments that return a steady stream of cash - The Guardian

The new runway planned for Heathrow will be 500m longer then the Government had originally proposed in order to allow much noisier and more polluting long-haul aircraft to use it - The Times

Turmoil in the global markets is causing concern across British industry, with the expectation that the credit squeeze will hit the real economy, the Director-General of the CBI has said - The Times

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